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The Tagus Route - Fontes > Souto Rest Area - GRZ on Foot: Stage 3

Long distance hiking trail · Portugal
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The following 8.4km connect Fontes to the Souto Rest Area.
easy
8.4 km
2:20 h
330 m
340 m
The route begins a long descent here that will lead to the village of Sentieiras, then towards Atalaia, with magnificent views of valleys and the lagoon. Before Souto, the route goes into forest paths. 

Author’s recommendation

The richness of the ecosystem is one of the most striking attractions in this region. Also keep an eye out for the scenery over the Castelo de Bode Dam. 

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Updated: August 19, 2020

Difficulty
easy
Stamina
Highest point
290 m
Lowest point
126 m
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Safety information

Take the necessary precautions for high temperatures in summer and slippery terrain in the winter. The levels of difficulty and times given are only indicative. They were calculated on a physical effort basis and do not include stops. Make your estimate by analising the technical data of path to be taken.

 

Contact information

SOS Emergency: 112

SOS Forest: 117

Abrantes Municipal Council: (+351) 241 330 100, geral@cm-abrantes.pt 

Tips, hints and links

Despite being a recent parish, there are records of human presence in Fontes dating back to the Chalcolithic period. It boasts a rich ecosystem resulting from the diverse existing vegetation (maritime pine, eucalyptus, arbutus, heather, olive trees and other tree species). Given the natural richness of the region, one of the most important economic activities is logging and cutting, transporting and selling timber, as well as agriculture and carpentry. The construction of the hydroelectric dam in Castelo do Bode (1951) flooded populated centres and arable land, which conditioned settlement and sustainability. On the other hand, it facilitated the enjoyment of the landscape and access to the Zêzere waters.

Souto is a veritable natural paradise, surrounded by pine groves, with a rich ecosystem resulting from varied vegetation and the excellent conditions for the development of fish species.  

Start

Fontes Lat.: 39° 36' 17.28"" NLong.: 8° 13' 40.08"" W (295 m)
Coordinates:
DD
39.604854, -8.227710
DMS
39°36'17.5"N 8°13'39.8"W
UTM
29S 566301 4384186
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Destination

Área de Descanso do Souto Lat.: 39° 34' 31.8"" NLong.: 8° 14' 33.072"" W

Turn-by-turn directions

The route begins a long descent here that will lead to the village of Sentieiras. Turning left, the next 1,000 metres, with magnificent views of valleys and the lagoon on the right, will be covered along the road to Atalaia. Here the route goes into forest paths, which after about 4 km will lead to the village of Souto, where there is a Rest Area. 

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Coordinates

DD
39.604854, -8.227710
DMS
39°36'17.5"N 8°13'39.8"W
UTM
29S 566301 4384186
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Difficulty
easy
Distance
8.4 km
Duration
2:20h
Ascent
330 m
Descent
340 m
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